Seeking the Balance

As freelance artists, we (me and Kana) have to be our bosses, managers, coaches, and counselors. Apart from supporting each other, we have to try to manage ourselves — this is important even more in the current pandemic situation. The best way to do this, I think, is to have a good look at oneself… Continue reading Seeking the Balance

The “moe” style problem.

This article has been brewing in my head for quite a long time. Not only is this an intricate and delicate topic, but it's also hard to explain to someone not immersed in the Japanese visual scene. I don't feel like the best person to describe this either. Still, because of my unique position as… Continue reading The “moe” style problem.

Art vs. Entropy

I called this blog “Art vs. Entropy” because I have been thinking a lot lately about the meaning and purpose of art. Is what I do for life worth anything? Does anyone even need it? What is the use of what I do? Such questions come to my mind from time to time. Still, especially… Continue reading Art vs. Entropy

Thinking hurts!

(I'm still going to do it.) First, this story is more an analysis of my current artistic predicament than one of my usual articles. Still, maybe you will find it useful for comparing with your creative mindset.Let me tell you two stories to illustrate what I have been thinking about lately. When I was still… Continue reading Thinking hurts!

The Creative Refrigerator

This article started with another idea that came from me discussing art related things with Kana. We always seem to look for new metaphors that would help us understand what exactly are we doing with our art careers. Also, we get excited each time we manage to find a parallel that is a particularly good… Continue reading The Creative Refrigerator

Working under own name

This is again one of the topics that have been on my and Kana’s minds recently. The realization was caused by an event held in Japan’s most famous center for animation (anime), comics (manga) and the all-present, cute "moe" illustration culture which is Tokyo’s Akihabara.We were invited to an event for published artists and spent… Continue reading Working under own name

The all important 5%

We often wonder what makes good pieces of art (may they be illustrations, comics, animations or anything else really) different from only competent work. What makes them stand out. With Kana we discuss it a lot, trying to figure out what is the compelling aspect that makes us save some art to be studied, enjoyed… Continue reading The all important 5%

Analysing artist’s block

Recently I have been struggling a bit with my art. Not exactly with actually making something (I completed a difficult commission just yesterday) but with my overall attitude to making stuff. You may call it an artist’s block but I decided to call it vector stress. Let me explain: Not so long ago I finished… Continue reading Analysing artist’s block